Following a healthy diet often seems like an insurmountable task. It doesn't have to be such a huge challenge; all it takes is just a few small changes to make a big difference in your daily diet. Here are a few ingredient substitutions you can make and healthy cooking techniques to help you make the most of those fantastic ingredients.
Baking your meat and/or veggies does not require extra fat or moisture. This cooking healthy method helps to retain nutrients.
The braising method begins with browning your food with a small amount of cooking oil on the stovetop. Then you add a small amount of cooking liquid (water, stock, wine) and simmer on low heat. Cooking at low heat helps to limit the destruction of valuable vitamins.
The advantage of broiling food is that this method doesn't require the use of liquids or oils which may reduce nutrient content. Broiling on a lower setting can help to limit nutrient loss.
Poaching is a clever method for packing loads of flavor into your food without using fats and processed sugars. Cook food at a gentle simmer in a liquid such as a tasty broth, fresh juice, beer, or wine. When you choose leaner cuts of meat, they can often dry out with some cooking methods. The advantage of poaching these cuts is that they don't dry out.
This is another dry heat option that emphasizes slow cooking at a lower temperature. You can roast meat or vegetables with a small amount of fat or liquid to prevent them from drying out. A cooking healthy tip: Use less liquid by keeping your food closed for the first portion of the roasting time. To get crispy skin on your chicken or potatoes, only open up just before the end.